ERIC Number: ED429282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-27
Some Students Don't Want To Read.
Lewinski, Michael J.
A high school teacher recounts his own literacy journey from a young child with an auditory perception problem, to a school-hating student, to a semi-literate Marine in Viet Nam, to a teacher of persons with disabilities. He notes that his literacy journey during the early years was characterized by immaturity, avoidance, and self doubt. He grew up in a family where reading and writing were not valued enough to be modeled and actively promoted. He did poorly in all school subjects and did not get along with other students. In the Marines he learned that he had a high IQ, but even with that knowledge, he did little to raise his literacy much above a functional level. With maturity, the development of self-confidence, help from others, and some luck, he was able to use those minimal literacy skills to transform himself from an illiterate person with learning disabilities into a literate teacher of persons with learning disabilities. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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